In this chapter we will approach the tragic heroes by analysing one major speech from each. We will concentrate on the speeches themselves, making no attempt to study a whole character. A thorough analysis of one of the heroes can be done by looking at further extracts (speeches spoken by the hero and about him) from the particular play you are concentrating on, repeating the approach shown in this chapter. Our aim is to discover how Shakespeare creates tragic character: can we recognise how words and drama combine to characterise the hero, and are there any features they, or their speeches, all have in common?
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